Court of Appeal reserves decision in drug appeal case

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on whether a drug dealer’s four-year sentence was too harsh.

Billydee Robinson was convicted of drug possession with conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to supply and possession of marijuana with intent to supply in 2019.

The conviction stemmed from the seizure of 433 pounds of marijuana in Highbourne Cay in November 2017.

According to the evidence, officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) saw Robinson tossing bales of marijuana from a go-fast boat as the smuggling boat’s captain rammed the police boat in an attempt to evade capture. The lawmen opened fire and shot Robinson.

The officers retrieved six bales of marijuana from the water.

Robinson’s lawyer, David Cash, argued that the sentence was excessive given the quantity of drugs recovered.

Cash pointed to instances where traffickers found with much larger quantities were sentenced to three years in prison.

Cash said Robinson had no prior convictions.

Robinson also challenged his conviction for assault with a dangerous instrument.

Cash said there was no evidence that Robinson encouraged the captain to ram the boat or had knowledge of his intention to ram the boat.

Prosecutor Linda Evans said that Robinson was guilty of assault because he did nothing to discourage the captain.

Justices of Appeal Sir Michael Barnett, Jon Isaacs and Roy Jones heard the appeal.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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